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[FEB. 23, 2004]  Hope. To some it is just a word. To the 160 Illinoisans diagnosed with cancer each day, it has a much more personal meaning. It represents hope that a cure will one day be found.

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days celebrates hope in the fight against cancer through volunteers who sell daffodils, the first flower of spring. Purchase bunches of bright yellow daffodils for a cancer patient or to simply brighten up your day. To place an order with your local office, call l (800) ACS-2345 or visit
Money raised through the sales of daffodils supports lifesaving research, education, advocacy and patient services.


The American Cancer Society is the largest private, not-for-profit, nongovernmental financial supporter of cancer research in the United States, investing over $2.5 billion since 1946 and funding 32 Nobel laureates early in their careers.
The society has played a role in cancer research milestones, including the bone marrow transplant, the Pap test and drugs like Gleevec to treat leukemia, 5-FU to treat colon cancer and Tamoxifen to treat breast cancer.


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The American Cancer Society works with legislators to pass lifesaving laws that improve access to health care, increase investments in research, reduce disparities in minorities and the underserved, and reduce suffering from tobacco-related illnesses.


Over two-thirds of cancers can be prevented through lifestyle changes and early detection. Programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of communities and workplaces to reduce cancer risks.


Cancer information specialists from the society's National Cancer Information Center will answer 1.3 million calls and nearly 33,000 e-mails this year. Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide comprehensive information. Additionally, cancer patients and their families can access a network of support through the Cancer Survivors Network by calling 1 (877) 333-HOPE.

[Provided by the American Cancer Society]

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